British mobile network operator (MNO) Vodafone UK is deploying Open RAN technology in seven rural locations across the country. In a press release regarding the development the cellco named the locations as: Morehampton, Lifton, Selborne, Pendine, Halkyn, Bradfield and Middleton-in-Teesdale. According to Vodafone UK, each of these locations have traditionally struggled to receive good quality 4G mobile coverage from any network, and it claims its deployments ‘will enable customers in these communities to enjoy reliable, fast mobile internet and calls’.
With this work having been carried out as part of a network modernisation programme for all customers, the MNO noted that this programme will see it retiring its 3G network in 2023 and replacing coverage with strengthened 4G and 5G services, so customers across more parts of the UK can access a more reliable connection.
Commenting, Andrea Dona, Vodafone UK’s Chief Network Officer, said: ‘This new technology is helping us to deliver 4G coverage to new areas. With Open RAN, we can bring 4G coverage to some of our most remote and rural communities for the first time, helping to give more people a digital connection and closing the digital divide … As part of our network modernisation programme, we will continue to invest in our network across the UK to ensure it continues to benefit from our best network.’